Written by Natalie of NOfkants Curios
As an experiment, some of us Folksy peeps decided to get involved with a listing challenge, where we challenged ourselves to list an item a day for a whole month, to see if it would improve views to our shops and products and hopefully generate some sales. We would promote each other in blogs, Facebook, twitter etc… and post daily on our own thread in the forums as to what we had listed each day and whether we had any sales or problems so we could celebrate or commiserate together.
The first monthly listing challenge was back in April, and we unofficially decided to call ourselves the Folksy Foolers, but the name really caught on, and since then all subsequent monthly listing challenges have had a little gang membership name, usually around something mad or foolish. Personally for me, Folksy Foolers was more about getting myself established, being new to Folksy and it made me feel part of a community, I only had one sale in April, but I gained so much more from it. So some of us decided to carry on into May, we became the Mad May Hemmers. The views in my shop tripled and I had 5 sales that month Whoopee!
So how has June Loons gone! I personally have had 15 sales in June! I am so pleased that the listing club has worked so well for me! I have manged to list everyday and sometimes more than one item a day. Some of my fellow Loons have had phenomenal sales and been dubbed Super Sellers by the rest of us Loons. I have also tried to blog daily, as I did in May, to showcase some of my favourites in each days listings.
Gemma from DamselFlyGemma.
I started the month with about 12 items in my shop. I’d had no sales and very few views. I’d only recently joined in the forum and my shop had been open for 2-3 weeks. Well, when the call for loons went out I thought- why not? It will be a great excuse to get crafting properly again (I hadn’t done much in the preceeding few years to to a very time consuming job), it’ll fill up my shop and if don’t sell anything then the listing fees will only set me back £6. If it becomes stressful and not fun then I’ll stop!
Millie from Mildunkley
The daily listing challenge has helped me greatly, in sales, increasing stock, learning many new things about the web, selling, photography, blogging, making contacts, beads, beading and loads more! The regularity of the listing has helped me become more organized and I have tried to set a small portion of time per day to beading, photographing and preparing the images.
Jill from JCU
I’ve taken part in the last 3 listing clubs – each time with the intention of listing daily. However, I have not managed a full month yet but the nature of the people
listing means there is no problem with this. People are able to come and go – we all have commitments and no one comments when you don’t list for a week. It is very much a personal challenge! Everyone is just pleased to have you pop in to chat and support the group.
Liz Dyson from The Little Bead Box
Has the June Loons Listing Club worked for me? You can bet your life, it has! Wow, what an experience. Six weeks ago I decided to let my shop limp off into the sunset, which it was well on the way to doing, anyway. I hadn’t sold much, and I certainly hadn’t made much money. For some reason I wondered about the forum and decided to get on and say hello as a last ditch attempt. I’m not really sure why this happened, but it did – The difference in my sales has been staggering!
• I’ve promoted the shop and met some really wonderful people along the way.
• I’ve seen some gorgeous items (and bought quite a few, too – shush, don’t tell Hubby).
• I’ve had a wonderful time, and at the time of writing I’ve sold 152 items on Folksy – all thanks to the June Loons Listing Club.
• I’ve been challenged AND, I’ve been supported every step of the way.
Oh, yes, the June Loons has worked for me, and then some…July Jesters, here I come!”
Take a look at this thread if you are interested in signing up and introducing yourself!